Improving Learning by Widening Participation in Higher Education

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-22
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book presents a strong and coherent rationale for improving learning for diverse students from a range of backgrounds within higher education.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. xi
List of contributorsp. xiii
Series editor's prefacep. xix
Acknowledgementsp. xxi
What are the issues?p. 1
Introduction to the dilemmas of widening participation in higher educationp. 3
What does the research tell us?p. 29
Policy contexts: differentiation, competition and policies for widening participationp. 31
Access, participation and diversity questions in relation to different forms of post-compulsory further and higher educationp. 47
The importance of prior educational experiencesp. 47
The socio-cultural and learning experiences of working-class students in higher educationp. 62
Learners' transition from vocational education and training to higher educationp. 75
Seamlessness or separation: negotiating further and higher education boundaries in dual sector institutionsp. 88
Pedagogies for social diversity and differencep. 95
Learning and teaching in two universities within the context of increasing student diversity: complexity, contradictions and challengesp. 95
Keeping open the door to mathematically demanding programmes in further and higher education: a cultural model of valuep. 109
Outcomes in terms of age-based participationp. 124
Diversity of experiences in higher educationp. 124
Educational decision-making, social networks and the new widening participationp. 132
What are the overall implications for both policy and research?p. 147
What are the overall findings and implications for evidence-based policies on fair access and widening participation?p. 149
How do we improve learning by widening participation in higher education?: institutional practices and pedagogies for social diversityp. 180
Appendicesp. 202
Universal Access and Dual Regimes of Further and Higher Education (the FurtherHigher Project)p. 202
Widening Participation in Higher Education: A Quantitative Analysisp. 206
Socio-Cultural and Learning Experiences of Working-Class Studentsp. 210
Degrees of Success: Learners' Transitions from Vocational Education and Training to Higher Educationp. 214
Keeping Open the Door to Mathematically Demanding Programmes in Further and Higher Educationp. 217
Learning and Teaching for Social Diversity and Difference in Higher Educationp. 220
'Non-participation' in Higher Education: Decision-making as an Embedded Social Practicep. 223
Referencesp. 228
Indexp. 249
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